Opinion: Creative residents asked to help with new road


Local residents are encouraged to apply their creativity and knack for words to help improve safety on Illinois roadways.  IDOT is inviting the public to submit ideas for safety messages to display on the electronic signs located over highways throughout the state.  The message signs are seen by millions of motorists, and are considered an effective way to reach the public with life-saving information.

 Messages are restricted to three lines with 18 characters per line.  Spaces and punctuation count as characters. Align messaging with one of the six categories: distracted driving, impaired driving, speeding, occupant restraint, work zone safety and vulnerable users, such as motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

One message from each category will be chosen for display by an IDOT committee.  The deadline for submissions is Nov. 19, and winners will be announced in early 2019.

 Visit idot.illinois.gov/dms-contest  to learn more about contest rules and to submit ideas.  The winning messages will be displayed at times throughout the year to help promote traffic safety.  Winning entrants also receive a personalized street sign.

 The sign contest and renewed focus on safety messaging are part of IDOT’s Life or Death Illinois campaign in response to back-to-back years of more than 1,000 deaths on Illinois roads, the highest total in a decade.

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 HONOR 200

IDVA and the Illinois Bicentennial Office announced the recipients of Bicentennial HONOR 200 on Oct. 25, honoring the work and service of 200 veterans from more than 50 counties across the state.

 Nominees were evaluated based on their achievements, and on the extent to which their contributions have aided, benefited and provided inspiration to their community at large.  In addition, nominees must have received an honorable discharge from the U.S. military and reside in Illinois.

 HONOR 200 recipients have been invited to attend the state’s official 200th birthday celebration at the United Center in Chicago on Dec. 3.

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Veteran wall entries

To show our continued appreciation for veterans, the Illinois Senate Republican Caucus in teaming with IDVA to encourage people across the state to submit a photograph and written story of a veteran for display on the Veterans Day “Wall of Honor” in the Illinois State Capitol Rotunda Nov. 5-16.

 Send a photo and written story (max: 250 words) with the following information: name, military branch (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard, Navy) and conflict served (Afghanistan, Iraq, September 11, Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea, WWII, WWI, peacetime, other).  Military photos are preferred, but not necessary.

 Veterans Day Wall submissions can be sent to 309 G Statehouse, Springfield, IL 62706, or e-mailed to [email protected]  For more information, call 217-782-1650.


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